The secrets of the polar regions Life on icebergs and glaciers at the poles and around the world

Barbara Hurd

Book - 2013

"Explains the creation, growth, and life of glaciers and icebergs with particular emphasis on the North and South Poles, focusing on the unique adaptations of plant and animal life living on or near the ice, in text and full color photographs"--Provided by publisher.

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Series
Jean-Michel Cousteau presents.
Subjects
Published
La Canada Flintridge, Calif. : London Town Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West/Perseus c2013.
Language
English
Item Description
Originally published as Icebergs and Glaciers: Life at the Frozen Edge by Blake Books, San Luis Obispo, CA, 1990.
Physical Description
48 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781480611702
9780979975905
0979975905
1480611700
Main Author
Barbara Hurd (-)
Other Authors
Vicki León (-), Barbara Wilson, 1949-
Review by Booklist Reviews

First published in 1990, this complete revision examines not only how icebergs and glaciers are formed and subsist but also the bleak future that awaits them as part of both local and global ecosystems. All life forms, vegetation and animal, in the polar regions are part of the food chain, and, as such, when one fails, the others suffer or fail. For instance, the approximately 25,000 polar bears still living in the wild struggle because of reduced available food and competition from the grizzly bear. Eye-catching color photography takes readers to the poles, making them feel the cold and hear the icebergs "calving." The text, including the photograph captions, is engaging and fact filled but not overwhelmed by the information. The threat of global warming and pollution lie just under the surface throughout the book, but it doesn't become the focus until the final chapter. An excellent addition to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Presents series. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Explains the creation, growth, and life of glaciers and icebergs with particular emphasis on the North and South Poles, focusing on the unique adaptations of plant and animal life living on or near the ice, in text and full color photographs.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Secrets of the Polar Regions ? a new edition in the Jean-Michel Cousteau Presents series (formerly titled Glaciers: Life at the Frozen Edge ) ? presents timely information on the South and North Poles. The book clearly explains the geology of glacier and iceberg ecosystems of these remote but crucially important realms and reveals the fascinating adaptations of the animal and plant life living on or near the ice. Animals profiled include seals, sea lions, walruses, wolves, polar bears, Arctic foxes, musk oxen, yaks, and snow leopards. Even tiny creatures like the fascinating glacier flea that freezes solid every night but awakens to search for pollen the next day are included. Throughout, the book presents an up-to-date discussion on the implications of global warming and icecap melt.